Learning using Office Graph
Clutter uses the Office Graph to learn which messages are important to you, and you can also train Clutter to identify messages that are of low priority.
Over one million messages are automatically moved each day into the Clutter folder today, and Microsoft claims this helps users save on average 82 minutes each month from having to sort through non-important emails.
In Outlook, you can flag messages as clutter or move them to the Clutter folder, and Clutter will learn those actions, so that similar messages will skip the inbox and move straight into that folder in the future.
“The information Clutter learns from each user’s actions are only applied to that user’s experience and are not shared with anyone else,” Microsoft said of the personalization.
This is similar to Google’s approach with Gmail’s Priority Inbox. Gmail’s tabs automatically identify content as priority – based on the people in the conversation and your prior communications with them – as well as social, promotions and updates. Google automatically identifies if the message is an update to a forum and places it in the updates folder, or if it’s a message from Facebook and places it into the social folder. The promotions folder includes any email you get from advertisers.
Messages that shouldn’t belong in Clutter can be moved out to the main inbox again. Clutter won’t delete the emails it collects. Just as you need to purge your inbox regularly to reach the mythical “inbox zero,” you’ll need to manage your Clutter folder—checking it for important emails and deleting the rest. Ideally, however, that will take just a few seconds.